Shaky Knees is a great music festival running since 2013 around first week of May in Atlanta, GA. This year it will be held the next weekend (between 8-10 May), and host several great artists such as The Strokes, Pixies, Wilco, The Avett Brothers, Interpol and Ryan Adams. As a resident of Atlanta, I will not be missing this great opportunity.
In this blog post, I will be analyzing festival artists using Last.fm data and MusiChemicals tools. I will be finding out how much each artist is listened in Last.fm database, and what genres are prominent in each day of the festival.
Friday is looking like a very good day with several great bands. There are 4 bands with more than 50M playcounts, and 9 bands more than 20M playcounts on Last.fm. The headliner is unquestionably the most popular artist of Friday with more than 150M playcount on Last.fm. Interestingly, the second most listened artist, The Kooks, is placed far below the headliner, and will be appearing early Friday afternoon on Peachtree Stage. They are the most underrated band of the day, according to the Last.fm data. The next big bands Pixies and Brand New with around 80M playcount are placed in the third and fourth places on the line up, respectively. Atlanta native Mastodon is placed 6th on the Last.fm popularity, but will be appearing right before The Strokes on Peachtree Stage. Now let’s take a look on the top genres of the Friday, obtained by playcount weighted averaging of the individual artists genres.
We can say Shaky Knees is an indie–alternative music festival, which would be a statement supported by the above pie chart. The only exception to those genres would be Mastodon, a band trying to stay away from clean guitar sound.
Saturday is looking a lot less lively than Friday’s hectic schedule, with only two bands with more than 50M playcounts. The Avett Brothers, the folk/alt-country band from North Carolina, is the headliner of the day. They are only the 5th band on the Last.fm popularity. But apparently, the have a much bigger popularity inside USA, allowing them to play after the top bands of the day Interpol and Wilco.
The genres of Saturday is very similar to that of Friday with indie-alternative being the top ones. The difference is the genres following these top ones. We can say Saturday is more of a folk/alt-country day, and may be a little punk.
The playcounts are a little lower on the last day with only three bands more than 20M on Last.fm. The singer-songwriter Ryan Adams tops the Last.fm playcount list on Sunday. He is another North Carolinian appearing in this festival with The Avett Brothers. He is followed by the headliner Tame Impala, and Minus Bear. The band appearing before Minus Bear on Buford stage is another bear, the Panda Bear.
In summary, according to Last.fm data, we see a decreasing trend in artist popularity as days go by in Shaky Knees Fest, Friday hosting the most, Sunday hosting the least popular artists. Additionally, we can definitely say that Shaky Knees is an indie–alternative music fest, with some taste of britpop on Friday, folk/alt-country on Saturday, and psychedelic on Sunday.
Hope to see you guys over there!